On an important day to Al-Qaeda, the American Embassy in Kabul brought in Al-Qaeda flags, said Al-Qaeda prayers, and honored the traditions and rituals of that organization.
What? Surely not. Why would the American Embassy celebrate a regime with which it was at war? I mean, come on!
Willimon notes that Barth notes that our human institutions are nothing but shadow regimes. The author of Ephesians notes that the Church is fighting against powers and their principalities in a war with Christ at our head.
So why, then, would we continue to bring the world into our embassy?
You know, on July 4th?
The Church is the Kingdom God which is at war with the World, albeit a spiritual war. Would you expect that the American Embassy in Afghanistan to celebrate Al-Qaeda? No, then why bring the world (people would cry, well used too, havoc if you had a dance in the sanctuary, etc.., etc.., etc…) and the regimes which oppose the Church into the Church of Christ?
The sanctuary of the Church (house) is a holy place and should not be lent to just anything.